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In Topic: Thinking about a Nikkor 85mm Micro

03 August 2011 - 03:59 PM

Got underwater with my 85mm today. I really enjoy shooting with this lens, both topside and underwater. I was very happy with my results, considering it was only my second dive ever with a DSLR and the first time shooting macro. I don't have any experience with any other macro lens to compare to, but I was happy with this one. Got a thread in the gallery with a few images.


In Topic: Thinking about a Nikkor 85mm Micro

02 August 2011 - 07:07 AM

Hi All,

We have just returned from a trip to Club Paraiso, Cebu, the Philippines testing various equipment. Mounted our D7000 with the 85mm Micro and were very pleased with its result. It is much lighter than the 105mm VR Micro, and a bit easier for large subjects such as fish portrait, yet as good for fine macro. AF admittedly a tiny bit slower than the 105VR, but didn't notice any significant drop of brightness due to its smaller F3.5 aperture.


Great pics Edward, thanks for the feedback. I did end up getting the 85 and have my first dive with it tomorrow. Spent a couple hours in the pool last night getting familiar with it so hopefully can get some OK shots tomorrow.

In Topic: Aquatica AD7000 focus mode selector problems

25 July 2011 - 04:54 PM

I spent some time last night and tonight doing some adjustments on my AD7000 and got the AF lever working better. Thought I'd share. This pictures shows the two places where I made adjustments on the AF lever:

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The one on the right (inside the housing) tightens the "fork" against a flat surface on the inside rod so it can't change much there. But if you losen the outside one, you can turn the inside piece a little bit. The problem is that when you move from manual to auto, the camera switch doesn't move enough. By adjusting the lever, you can change the position of where it makes contact with the camera switch. This made things much better for me, but not perfect.

The other thing I did was I had to replace the shooting mode gear because the release mode (ie, single shot, continuous shot) dial wasn't working. The replacement gear was slightly shorter and from what Jean explain caused extra pressure on the dial. When I replace that, it fixed my release mode selector, but it also corrected the AF lever. I can now switch to auto focus without having to pull it out to get over the handle.

Thought this might help anyone else who had a similar issue.

In Topic: Thinking about a Nikkor 85mm Micro

20 July 2011 - 01:18 AM

It depends on what YOU call Horrendous VIS? If its really poor then I be suggesting the 60mm as there is less distance between lens and subject which means less crap in the water between you and the subject.

On the other hand, have you thought about the Tokina 100mm Macro?

It has recieved some interesting reviews: http://www.kenrockwe...a/100mm-f28.htm (and was compared against the 85mm) and priced at $450!

At that price you can buy the older but still great Nikon 60mm AFD and the Tokina 100mm Macro and maybe even the Kenko 1.4x TC, all for the same cost a the Nikon 105mm VR??? Then you have it all covered.

Might as well buy the new Nikon 40mm Macro just for the hell of it as its only $280!

Gives something to think about.

Regards Mark

OK, so not horrendous by what a lot of people on here deal with, but pretty miserable for what I'm used to. Was probably about 10' with a lot of large particulate in the water. I did consider the Tokina as well, but was concerned about the extension length on it.

I decided to give the 85 a try, ordered everything late last night. Will definitely give some feedback here once I get some time with it.

In Topic: Thinking about a Nikkor 85mm Micro

19 July 2011 - 12:15 PM

I don't think most underwater photographers shoot macros at f2.8, or f3.5.

I think most underwater shooters shoot macros at f22, with blinding strobe lights, to get a little bit of depth of field.

Just my impression. YMMV

That's often true topside too but the concern with f2.8 vs. f3.5 would be the available light while focusing. If I were going to just be using it above water, that difference wouldn't matter to me, but was curious about the impact underwater and if people care about the 2/3 stop difference.